December 24, 2008

I'm at home!!!!!! so happy! so cold!! ^_^

Bad (-1 point for each) : none
Good (1 point for each):
  • I'm at home!
  • I love our new apartment!
Sum: 2
It has been a long trip! I watched 6 movies; chat with the boy besides me for hours; had three not so good vegetarian meals and hundred of failed attempts to fall into sleep. But all these are nothing compared to the fact that I'm home with parents right!
Our new apartment is really nice (we bought it last year and I've never been here since it's ready two months ago), it's relatively small because it's in the center of shanghai, but it's very cozy and pretty, I love it!
Yesterday after I arrived home, we went for some groceries shopping for tomorrow's party. Today after breakfast we came to our other home in suburban of shanghai because it's bigger and we'll have the party here. The rest of day I spend preparing food and organizing a little bit.
I wanted to go to the gym but when I finished my errands at 5.30pm I was a little bit tired. Besides of that, it's cold and dark, I'd prefer stay at home to catch up with blogging and readings.

okay, some eats. My breakfast is the usual oatmeal (yes, I brought old wessex with me ^_^)
  • 1/2 cup old wessex
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 chopped large apple
  • cinnamon + vanilla
And coffee. But not my usual instant coffee, because we have a Italian coffee machine (brought from Argentina). Look... it's retro. Left part is to make coffee and right part is to make steam milk.
Look the result? A very Italian coffee, with tons of steamed milk .
I also had a large orange.
My mom had a Chinese bun, it's made with glutinous rice, sugar and aduki bean paste. I had a bite, it's very tasty.
For lunch we went to a place called (translated) "spicy hot burn". It works like a salad bar. You choose ingredients from a large varieties of veggies, different kind soy bean based food, seaweed, tofu, meatball, fish ball, etc.and then they put all these into a spicy broth to cook them. And voila, this is the hot pot of what I've chosen (3 kind of green leaves, black fungus, mushroom, seaweed, tofu, fish balls)This is one of my favorite winter dish, it's delicious and it's very versatile.
One hour later I had another of my favorite food ever: steamed corn!This is very popular in China, you can find a stand for it everywhere, which is great, because I love corns (almost equally as my love for pumpkins). I bought one another for later. ^_^ I need two big corns everyday.
Then, we went to a hair salon to have my hair cut and a great massage., it felt great, like a queen. And you know what's the best part?? It's CHEAP!!! The entire service (wash the hair, massage, cutting and brushing) last almost 90min and it costs for less than 2 dollars!!! I think I won't wash my hair at home during my entire stay in Shanghai. ^_^
We had dinner at home. My mom cooked while I was preparing for tomorrow.
Sauteed bok choySauteed kidney beanRadish and pork soupRadish pot
Beaten egg with leeks
mmmmmm......... it's delicious! It has the special flavor of HOME! ^_^
Dessert: a huge pomelo!!!!! Our favorite winter fruit!
Tomorrow will be a special day! I hope they like what I'll cook for them.

It's 24th morning in USA now, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Eve! Enjoy the food and your family! ^_^


VeggieGirl said...

HOORAY!!! Enjoy your time at home :-)

Krista said...

I love pummelos!!

So glad you made it home safe. You sound so happy!

The food photos look AMAZING! Can't wait to see more of China!

P.S. I love that flowered plate you were using! :)

HangryPants said...

So glad you are home safe and sound! Can't wait to see more of China in your upcoming posts.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to see REAL Chinese food! It looks delicious! I'm glad you made it safely and are having such a great time!

just me said...

horray for getting home!!!!!!!!! glad you made it safe!!

cant' wait to see more "china" posts with your visit!! have a great holiday!!

magpie said...

Whoa, crazy coffee maker!

I <3 adzuki beans - YUM.

Enjoy your time at home :)

Madison Song said...

Ooh it looks like you're having a lot of fun and a lot of GOOD FOOD!!!! Can't wait to see more...enjoy your time there!! =)

Annie Shin said...

i hate long flights.. that chinese bun looks really good i love rice cakes with red bean paste

Juliet said...

Yay. So glad you made it home safe and sound and that you are having fun. Sorry you couldn't sleep on the plane. :( Your coffee machine is adorable. Hope you are having fun and happy pre-birthday!! :)

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